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Academic Instruction, Policies & Resources

UH revised the fall semester course delivery formats to respond to COVID-19 health and safety concerns. Student and faculty safety and well-being are our priority.

Modes of Instruction

Course delivery options in the spring prioritize student choice, accommodate health and safety concerns, and allow the University to make rapid adjustments should a COVID-19 resurgence require a return to full-remote operations.

Course Delivery Options


Hyflex classes have a safe number of students meet face-to-face in a socially distanced classroom. Lectures will be livestreamed to allow additional students to participate in the class remotely. Lectures are also recorded for student viewing online later if necessary, with additional course materials posted online, which can be accessed at any time.


Hybrid classes have a fixed meeting pattern that includes both face-to-face and virtual classrooms. For example, a hybrid class might meet on a Tuesday/Thursday meeting pattern, with the Tuesday class meeting face-to-face and the Thursday class meeting virtually.

Synchronous Online

Synchronous classes do not meet face-to-face, but they do meet at a specific time and day(s) of the week in a virtual classroom. All class materials are available online, and virtual lectures may be recorded to provide additional flexibility for students to view them later.

Asynchronous Online

Asynchronous classes do not meet face-to-face, and they do not have a regularly scheduled meeting time. Most of the class materials are available online at any time. Some asynchronous online classes may include virtual class meetings, which will be arranged on a class-by-class basis by the instructor.

Classroom Configuration and Capacity

UH has reduced classroom capacity to accommodate social distancing requirements. Approximately 35% of the University’s total classroom space will be utilized in spring 2021. And with our HyFlex course delivery, the number of students taking face-to-face classes at peak hours is only 15% of normal or less.

  • The in-person section of a HyFlex or Hybrid class cannot exceed 50 students.
  • Classroom seating has been rearranged to maximize physical distancing of students and the professor.
  • Class times and classroom assignments have been made with every attempt to limit capacity and stagger traffic on campus and within buildings.

Interim Undergraduate Grading Policy

Please note that starting the Spring 2021 semester, courses return to the standard grading policy.

Learn More About the Undergraduate Grading Policy >>

Excused Absence Policies

Regular class attendance, participation and engagement in coursework are important contributors to student success.

Learn Remotely

We want to help make the shift to online learning as seamless as possible by providing a few key tips and resources.

Teach Remotely

Deliver your classes online.
Learn About Teaching Online >>
Technology Guide for Faculty >>

Work Remotely

Make a flexible workplace arrangement.
COVID-19 Telecommuting Form >>
Technology Guide for Staff >>